TTIP could open EU to ‘new biotech’ GMO seeds and foods – The Ecologist

… former European Commission President Barroso as stating, “restrictions in Europe on genetically modified crops would not be up for discussion” in the negotiations.[1] The TTIP Q&A website set up by the European Commission, in reply to the question “Will TTIP force the EU to change its laws on genetically modified organisms?” says: “No. The EU basic law on GMOs is not up for negotiation. It will not change as a result of TTIP.” [2]The @EU_TTIP_team on …

WHO Says Roundup is “Probably” Cancer-causing | Crozet Gazette

… equivalent” to non-GMO foods and “Generally Recognized as Safe.” This classification exempts them from any pre-market safety testing. And Monsanto wants to keep it that way. In recent days Kansas House Republican Mike Pompeo has reintroduced what has been dubbed the DARK Act, the “Denying Americans the Right-to-Know” Act. The bill would prevent states from adopting their own Genetically Engineered/ Modified labeling laws as well as prevent the FDA from requiring companies to label …

GMO bill intensifies federal food fight | TheHill

… states from passing their own mandatory labeling laws for genetically modified — or GMO — foods. With 20 co-sponsors —12 Republicans and eight Democrats, including Butterfield — backers of the proposal appear to be gaining momentum and say they are confident the GOP-controlled Congress will approve the bill. While there is not yet legislation in the Senate, Pompeo said the measure has a path forward after years of debate over whether and how Congress should address concerns about the …

US Agencies, Gates Foundation, and Monsanto Trying to Force Unwilling African Nations to Accept Expensive and Insufficiently Tested GMO | Global Research

… assisting African nations to produce biosafety laws that promote agribusiness interests instead of protecting Africans from the potential threats of GM crops,” said Haidee Swanby from the African Centre for Biosafety, which authored the report commissioned by Friends of the Earth International. The new report also exposes how agribusiness giant Monsanto influences biosafety legislation in African countries, gains regulatory approval for its product, and clears the path for products such as GM …

AGL’s Camden coal seam gas claims spark transparency fears

AGL told government officials in September that up to 100,000 standard cubic feet of gas were emitted over about two hours. Photo: Rob Homer The amount of coal seam gas thought to have gushed from a well near homes at Camden last year was up to 10 times more than the figure energy company AGL later made public, government documents show, prompting claims the public was kept in the dark. Documents obtained under freedom of information laws also revealed a series of safety issues and accidents …